Since 2009, CRS and YouthBuild International have been working together to build and strengthen programming for at-risk youth in El Salvador, by forming an alliance to respond to the challenge of youth unemployability while also creating alternative pathways to crime and violence. The Jóvenes Constructores initiative focuses on young people between the ages of 16 - 25 residing in communities with high rates of violence, who have been marginalized by limited educational and employment opportunities and economic uncertainty.
The Jóvenes Constructores initiative seeks to provide training and leadership opportunities to young people with the goal of supporting them through the launch of their own small businesses, placing them in the formal employment sector and in many cases, supporting them through their placement in the formal educational system.
More than 3,000 young people have participated and graduated from Jóvenes Constructores programs since its inception. The interest of graduates to continue developing their leadership skills has led to the formation of the Jóvenes Constructores Graduate Movement. The Graduate Movement, led by Jóvenes Constructores graduates, seeks to develop a regional network that can provide support to graduates through their post-program transition as well as facilitating additional leadership opportunities within the Jóvenes Constructores program.
The Jóvenes Constructores program has hosted annual graduate gatherings since 2012. In November of 2016, over 250 graduates from Central America gathered in San Salvador to develop a regional strategy to support the creation of a graduate movement in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras.
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